Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Dixie Chicks Return
I always enjoyed the Dixie Chicks music. I have several of their CDs. As many know, Natalie Maines made a derogatory remark about President Bush during a concert in London. This remark not only caused boycotts, loss of money but also death threats to their families.
I was one that really wanted to buy their album "Home" at that time but could not bring myself to do so after that slanderous incident.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Yes, America is the land of the FREE and the home of the brave.
Do individuals have rights to use the public forum to express their opinions? I know I don't like it. I don't like the fact that Kanye "gag me" West uses it, and the Sarandon/ Robbins duo abuse it. Ms. Barbra Streisand and Mr. Alec Baldwin have still not moved out of country as they had promised if Bush was re-elected. What is up with that?
I really am torn. There is a very fine line sometimes between Freedom of Speech and slander. Where should the line be drawn if any line is to be drawn?
Am I not doing the same thing by writing this entry? No, I don't have stardom to increase the spread of my opinions (and believe me I have many and share them often), but I am still stating them on a public forum.
So, I sit here torn. How far does the Freedom of speech carry us?
As far as the Dixie Chicks, I may or may not buy their new album. I dislike their views because they are not the same as mine. I know it is not right to do so but I am merely human. The video .Dixie Chicks Video is their reply song to the incident. Not a bad song and it definitely got me thinking.